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The Office Hours Season 3 Finale was streamed live via Zoom. (If you’d like to stay updated on events like this, sign up for the Praxis email list!) T.K. and Isaac answered live listener questions, chatted about current life events, and determined the answer to a very important question: Who is the GOAT?

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#1 Skill?

Hi, I’m a big fan of the show! Thank you for the advice and tips you always provide and for the entertainment too!
My question is: is there some basic skills (or principal skills) to learn for someone who doesn’t know what to do career wise?
If you need background: I work an entry level job at a Bank, I have a bachelors in Humanities and I have no idea what to do career wise. Thank you!

A question about apprenticeships

Would love for the guys to give me some feedback on the following question:
Do more formal apprenticeships with a master-student relationship have any benefits over diving into a new topic and teaching yourself (with mentors to ask for advice if needed)? I’ve done both, but I’m definitely learning more and having more fun with the latter method. Is there anything else I should consider? Am I missing out on anything?

Positive Feedback When Your Team Underperforms

How do you balance positive feedback with a team that is under-performing?
My SDR team had one of the worst quarters they have ever had during the second quarter of this year. They have gotten mostly negative feedback about their performance from the management team – rightly so since they have greatly underperformed.
However, it’s become clear to me that no matter how much negative feedback they get and instructions on how to do better, they continue to underperform. They are discouraged and it seems any good feedback would at least help boost morale.
My question is: how do I, in more of a leadership role, encourage and give positive feedback even if the team hasn’t done anything to elicit positive feedback? Or, alternatively, what kind of feedback do you give a team that is failing at what they’re built to be doing?

Work-life Balance

How can I attain that ever elusive, work life balance?
At one point, I was really focused on saving for praxis and my emergency fund. I did extra hours at my full time job, and during my lunch breaks I’d work on my part time job, but I didn’t have time to do much else.
I realize there’s a time and place for being ultra focused on a goal, but I’d like some advice on how I can do that and keep things like meaningful relationships, healthy routines, and my sanity.

Pressure to Get a Master’s Degree

So you guys talk a lot about degrees but what about the increase pressure of doing a master? I see that with a lot of people my age.

Developing Confidence

I would like to ask you how do you develop self-assuredness/confidence?
I find that extreme self-doubt is my knee jerk reaction. When I am in job or social circumstance, when I don’t evidence whether I will succeed or fail, I tend to assume I will fail. I assume that I don’t bring very much value at work or I assume that others won’t like me. The problem is, none of this seems to be rooted in reality. I tend to feel more self-assured when there is external measurements, like a 100% on a paper in school, but when these external measurements are missing and it is more of a matter of interpretation, I feel totally unanchored and self-doubtful.
I find this impacts me in the kinds of jobs I feel confident in taking. If the role has a lot of measurables, I feel more confident, but if the role is more creative, like being a therapist, design, ministry, etc., then that confidence dwindles and I feel uncomfortable applying for those roles, but the creative roles are the kind of roles I would like to work in.
I was wondering if y’all had any advice on how to build an unwavering sense of self-assuredness/confidence that remains with you despite whatever situation you find yourself in?

Relationships and my first career opportunities

I am a current Praxis Participant, going into module 2. As I approach placement I am struggling with knowing how to balance a committed relationship and the future of my career. I will be getting married to an individual (I’m engaged), and therefore I we want to move together. The problem is my partner might have job opportunities that push her to a different city. I know many married couples have to compromise by not taking on job opportunities to advance their career because that would force their spouse to relocate and find a new job, which is something that might not be ideal for the spouse. How should a couple tackle the fast changing career landscape, allowing growth for each individual in their respective careers, but also maintaining a healthy relationship, where the ideal is to live together?

Breakup Metaphors

You’ve talked about the dating metaphor with looking for a job…got any helpful breakup metaphors relating to career or just life?

Frustrated at Work

When you’re frustrated at work, what is the best way to bring that frustration to supervisors without downplaying how frustrated you really are? Sometimes I feel like when I’m having trouble with my job, my default is to pretend the problems don’t exist because it would be “unprofessional” to tell my managers how discouraged I am, but I also know that an open dialog about what problems I’m having is probably necessary to solve those problems. How can I tell my boss, “I’m stressed, I’m overwhelmed, here’s why” in a way that’s both constructive and professional?

Compulsory Schooling

Will K-12 compulsory schooling still exist 50-100 years from now?

Advice for Parents homeschooling teens

You talk a lot about figuring out what to do with your life when you get to be college age, what advice would you give to someone homeschooling kids in the 12-15 year old range?